WKU volleyball looks to keep win streak alive in Spartan Invitational

Junior middle hitter Noelle Langenkamp spikes the ball during WKU’s 3-2 win over Purdue on Friday, Sept. 12 at Diddle Arena. Mike Clark/HERALD

Jonah Phillips

The WKU volleyball team (10-2) looks to keep its nine-game win streak alive this weekend as they travel to East Lansing, Michigan for No. 25 Michigan State’s Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational.

At 9 a.m. Friday, WKU will clash once again with Milwaukee (4-6), an opponent the Lady Toppers defeated earlier this month 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 23-25, 26-24) at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational.

Just 9 hours later, the Lady Toppers will square off against host team Michigan State (5-3).

WKU has yet to crack the top 25, but received 30 votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll — good enough for a 28th national ranking. All 27 teams ranked ahead of WKU have yet to register 10 wins.

Despite being ranked three positions above the Lady Toppers in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the Spartans are 0-2 at home and have won just one of their last four games, falling to No. 13 North Carolina, No. 27 Duke at home and No. 14 Oregon at Oregon.

WKU takes on LIU Brooklyn (7-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday to cap off the weekend. Two of LIU’s three losses came from ranked opponents in No. 23 Loyola Marymount (9-0) and No. 22 UCLA (6-2).